Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The power of just 3 notes!

There are 12 unique notes in a chromatic scale. What is the affect of changing just three of those in a piece of music? It can be the difference between night and day.

Listen to a little of the following work by J.S. Bach - Prelude No. 22 in B-flat MINOR:

Ask yourself, "how does this music make me feel and how does it affect my emotions?" Now listen to this SAME WORK arranged in the parallel major key. That may sound like fancy music lingo, but that simply means that as I played the piece I changed just three notes: A-flat became A-natural, D-flat became D-natural, and G-flat became G-natural. Now listen to this improvised arrangement and ask yourself the same question:

So what is the power of changing just three notes in a key signature? If we could change just three negative characteristics within ourselves, would we see the same affect? Could we affect the world for good by doing just three good deeds in a week, maybe in a day? I believe the answer is a resounding "YES"!

If you enjoy these recordings you may download them free from my website or through my iTunes podcast. Here is the direct link to this latest recording - an improvised arrangement of J.S. Bach's Prelude in B-flat.

Jeremiah Jones


Unknown said...

dear Jeremiah!

very nice playing of the prelude - I enjoyed it a lot.

after having read your post and listening to the beautiful recordings, I would like to add something.
Bach's pieces are all unique. they are writted so that they can all be played in different modes. Playing Bach's pieces in different modes naturally changes their "ambiance". a good example for this is Bach's famous prelude in G (from the notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach).

You played the prelude in B-flat Minor, and then played it in B-flat Major (or alternatively- ionian mode). No wonder it sounds so beautiful! you could have chosen any other mode to play it in, and the piece would have sounded beautiful (though very different in atmosphere).

If that interests you, try playing Bach's pieces in all different modes (Ionian, Dorian, Frygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolean and Locrian) and see how the sound Bach's pieces changes through the different modes!
All the best
Oron Coppenhagen

Jeremiah Jones said...


What a wonderful idea! The next time I am at the piano I'm going to do exactly what you suggest and try playing a few Bach work's in all of the modes. Thanks for the insight!